Despite decades of investigation, no one really knows why hotspots of certain cancers exist. For example, a worldwide average of 5.9 people per 100,000 develop esophageal cancer each year, but in Malawi that number is 24 in 100,000.   To solve these mysteries, the…

To the government leaders gathered in New York today for the third UN high-level meeting on noncommunicable diseases, Michael R. Bloomberg brings a positive message: The 41 million annual deaths from NCDs are largely preventable. What’s needed to save millions of lives is…

Youth is an attitude, not a number. It is fundamentally a growth mindset that global health leaders of all ages should embrace to imagine and deliver innovative solutions to our field’s complex challenges.

Nearly 10 million people will die of cancer—the world’s fastest growing killer—this year, according to new incidence and mortality estimates released by the UN International Agency for Research on Cancer.   Insights include:

For one patient, the logic is simple: “When you have money you can live longer, and if not you die.” The rising toll of kidney disease has more and more Cambodians cashing in all their assets to pay for dialysis to keep them alive. The mortality rate of chronic kidney…

Americans living with hemophilia (mostly men, as the genetic condition affects the X chromosome) have to live with care, prioritizing their safety and ability to pay for costly medical support. A single fall or bump can lead to a life-threatening bleed and medical bills can…

Diabetes cases among the 60% of Guatemalans who belong to the indigenous population “may be of epidemic proportion,” according to a new study that found rates almost double a 2003 estimate.

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The shift to a sedentary, urbanized lifestyle that favors processed foods over a traditional diet is building health risks among indigenous communities.

Some species sidestep cancer almost entirely while others are highly prone to it, a disparity that has scientists looking to learn from certain animals’ built-in defense mechanisms—or lack thereof—to better address cancer in humans. Take elephants: One might assume their…